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Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4 | [Tana French]

Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author and Edgar Award winner Tana French grabs listeners with her chilling Dublin murder squad novels. In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

©2012 Tana French (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Justin P. Anderson 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Extremely Enjoyable"
    Would you listen to Broken Harbor again? Why?

    No, but only because it is a mystery and now I know what happens! The performance, story and writing were very good and deserve the highest praise.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Harbor?

    Finding out my speculation as to the ending was all wrong.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very first description of "Bryan's Town" so incredibly creepy and believable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book deals with the murders of two small children, so there are portions of it that are hard to listen to. If I were reading it, I could skim, but the audible version makes me listen to parts that are difficult to hear but necessary for the impact of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Be wary if you are squeamish or can not handle hearing about children being killed. There are some graphic moments in this dealing with difficult subject matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Metropolis, IL, United States 09-24-12
    Connie Metropolis, IL, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "I wish I could return it and get my credit back."
    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Stephen Hogan?

    I will definitely not. I couldn't even finish this one.


    Has Broken Harbor turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just this author.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance was OK.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not that I remember.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Harris santa ana, ca 09-24-12
    A. Harris santa ana, ca 09-24-12

    ajh

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    "Stephen Hogan is the best narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Broken Harbor the most enjoyable?

    Not predictable, moved along, kept my interest


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the development of the relationship between Kennedy and Curran


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Hogan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    n/a


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 09-22-12
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Murders: yes. Mystery: not much."

    However, Tana French has again given us a well written work of fiction. She continues to be an author that I don't hesitate to buy new releases.

    She weaves characters, relationships, location, and the economy together around the murders in a family.

    The main characters are a senior detective with a rigid sense of right and wrong and a life broken by childhood tragedy, a rookie detective fresh from traffic duty and trying to bend justice to his compassionate sense of right, and four childhood friends with a group history and divergent adult lives. The setting includes a crumbling "upscale" housing development and job loss, both caused by the economic downturn.

    I was really fascinated by the gradual descent into madness of the murdered family. First the husband, then the wife, and then the two children! The sister and a watcher were close by and could have stepped in to help, but they were totally clueless as to what was going on inside the house.

    From the beginning there weren't many possible outcomes. The story was more a matter of unlocking exactly what had happened, how, and why. There were some unusual clues (holes in the walls), withheld evidence, wrong turns and missteps along the way, but the ending was justice if not a surprise.

    As with other Dublin Murder Squad books, this can stand alone. It is not necessary to read the others to enjoy this one.

    The story kept my attention, the narration is decent, and I enjoyed the whole listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 09-18-12
    David 09-18-12
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    "Blistering"
    Would you listen to Broken Harbor again? Why?

    Yes, if I would still be surprised by the twists and turns.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, the complex plot kept me guessing.


    What about Stephen Hogan’s performance did you like?

    The Irish accents were remarkable but almost transparent; very convincing and consistent, identifiable characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The autopsies were gripping, not just gruesome.


    Any additional comments?

    Another fantastic story in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Louisville, KY, United States 09-17-12
    Diane Louisville, KY, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Losing the thread…."

    Absolutely loved the first ⅔ of this latest offering of Tana French's and was thinking it would fully merit a 5 star rating. It offered all of what I like best about this author--great writing, taut story-line and authentic characters.
    I'm not sure what happened, but about ⅔ of the way in, all of these features just seemed to evaporate and the story became long-winded, implausible and just about every character lost his/her believability--it was like someone else with inferior talent took over writing the book.
    Hope this will just be an isolated glitch in the career of one of my favorite authors of this genre.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Burr Ridge, IL, United States 09-13-12
    Stephanie Burr Ridge, IL, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Not my favorite Tana French book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would cut about 1/4 of the book out. Tana French had to have been paid by the word. It's a good story but very bloated. on and on and on and on ..... The feeling of suspense is ruined by so much ruminating.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    EDIT and then edit some more.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Hogan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I liked the narrator.


    Could you see Broken Harbor being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Probably. Any C list Lifetime actor.


    Any additional comments?

    Why do good authors go "bad"? I was so excited to start her new book about half way thru I wanted to rip my ears off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen 09-12-12
    Kathleen 09-12-12
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    "Great story line and very pertinent."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - already have.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Hogan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No - first one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was very surprised by the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    A little bit slow to start - but don't give up. It gets really good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marahet Wyoming 09-11-12
    Marahet Wyoming 09-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Broken Harbor - Worth the Read"

    I listened to all four of Tana French's books. I loved that each successive book was about a character that was introduced in the previous book. If you are looking for a good, involved story that keeps you guessing and "then having that how did I not see that coming" moment, then you will love reading these books. Tana French is a craftsman at telling one story and once the book is finished realizing that there was so much more going on under the surface. The Narrator was excellent, especially considering the accent. I had no trouble telling the individual characters apart. It was a pleasure listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marina United States 09-11-12
    Marina United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "awesome"
    Would you listen to Broken Harbor again? Why?

    the narrator, the story, the characters!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    this is better than a dragon tatoo series


    What does Stephen Hogan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    every characther has it's voice, it is an unbeleivable performance


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it made me said and even tearful in one place, I do not really get this way about fictional characters


    Any additional comments?

    This was a thrilling experience created by an author and an artist. Thank you so very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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